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Arts in Healthcare

Update: The deadline for this opportunity has now passed. Many thanks to everyone who applied.

With the support of the Creative Ireland Programme, IHF will offer commissions for artists to develop new creative work in support of the health and wellbeing of healthcare staff in the HSE.

The pandemic brought many things to people’s attention including the value creative practice plays in people’s lives, and the crucial roles of care staff.  IHF’s Arts & Engagement Programme, founded in the pandemic, has been supporting the role of creative practice for people affected by dying, death and bereavement. It has had a significant positive impact, helping people sense-make when they are bereft.  

Dominic Campbell, Arts & Creative Engagement Production Officer with IHF, says:

“We are delighted to be working with Creative Ireland and the HSE on supporting the professional care teams who engage with dying, death and bereavement on a daily basis across Ireland. These commissions will focus on supporting these workers and figuring out how creative work can be of value to them in their work.”

The HSE employs, about 110,000 in Ireland. Those who work regularly with dying, death and bereavement could be in any part of the country doing emotionally demanding work. Their working days might be time poor and irregular. How can artists create something of value, useful and meaningful for these people, taking into consideration the time pressures of staff and scale of the HSE? Could this be something people might carry around in their pocket, reach for on a tea break, share with colleagues? Could it be a distraction, a moment of beauty, an exercise, recipe, manifesto, a wish for making wellbeing? A fifteen-minute workshop for one person perhaps?  

We are commissioning creatives to join us on a journey to explore how creativity can make moments of care for HSE staff.  We are offering four commissions of €2,500 for artists plus a materials budget. The project will be developed with the Arts and Creative Engagement Production team at IHF. Artists and IHF will liaise with the relevant HSE teams and staff throughout. This development will be informed by our Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) and our Compassionate End of Life in Residential Care Centres (CEOL) networks.  Successful resources will be further refined and adapted so they can be widely distributed to HSE staff from early winter 2022.  

Listen to Dominic Campbell’s interview with Myra Gleason on Near FM discussing the Arts in Healthcare grants

Key Dates

Closing Date for applications: Wednesday April 20th 2022 at 5pm 
Announcements: Applicants will be notified week beginning April 25th 2022
Public announcement: Early May 2022 

May 2022: Further development, additional sessions, additional consultation and focus groups. 
June 2022: Selection of ideas for final development.
July-September 2022: Development digitisation or print or video making depending on creative content   
October 2022: Launch TBC

Process for Application  

Please send the following information to [email protected] or by post to Elizabeth Hutcheson, Irish Hospice Foundation, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau St, Dublin 2, D02 YE06: 

Cover letter – Maximum two sides of A4 explaining why this project interests you.  
Video clip up to two minutes long explaining why this project is interests . 
CV -  A current CV detailing relevant work and creative practice. 

If you have requirements that limit your ability to apply, please contact the office directly and we will endeavour to support your application. 

Criteria for Application  

IHF are looking for creative people with demonstrable excellence in their chosen field who are willing to go on this journey with us.  You might work in any creative field, may have healthcare expertise, or relevant personal experience or expertise. You might work in performance, plastic arts, visual, digital, design, architecture, literature, or be process driven.  

  • You will be willing to engage with a peer process.  
  • You will be willing to consider the creative work in this project as something that is in service to the need of others.